Due to the continued unhealthy air quality in Seattle, Villa Academy's campus will be closed to all students through Friday, September 18, 2020.
There will be no preschool classes on campus and the supervised on-line instruction for students through the EDP program will not meet on campus.

On-line instruction will take place as previously planned and faculty/staff members will be allowed to use their Villa Academy classroom, if necessary, to provide on-line instruction.

Our Skills for Success: They're Anything but Soft

Due to the speed of change in the future workplace, academic achievement alone is not enough. The students of today, who will have the careers of tomorrow, need to develop what might be called "human competencies"—abilities that will help them to remain agile and relevant in the face of increasing automation. Particularly in STEM fields, employers are increasingly seeking those who have impressive interpersonal skills that partner with technical expertise.

Sometimes called "soft skills," we think they are anything but. That's why we start early. Our Skills for Success are a crucial component of a Villa education. Practiced by students from Preschool onward, they are broad, deep, and woven into all we do.

  1. Identify, manage, and address complex problems
  2. Detect bias and distinguish between reliable and unsound information
  3. Formulate meaningful questions
  4. Use trial and error; devise and test solutions to problems
  5. Use knowledge and creativity to solve complex, real-world problems
  6. Develop into a reflective person of faith
  1. Understand and express ideas in two or more languages
  2. Communicate clearly to diverse audiences
  3. Explain information and compellingly persuade others of its implications
  4. Listen attentively
  1. Build trust, resolve conflicts, and provide support for others
  2. Teach, coach and counsel others
  3. Collaborate sensitively and productively with people of varied backgrounds
  4. Implement decisions and meet goals
  5. Share the credit
  6. Know when and how to enlist help
  7. Modify an idea to achieve a common goal
  1. Understand, use and apply digital technologies
  2. Create digital knowledge and media
  3. Use multimedia resources to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of formats
  4. Use technology to connect with people and events globally
  5. Demonstrate digital citizenship
  1. Develop open-mindedness, particularly regarding the values and traditions of others
  2. Study and understand non-western history, politics, religion, and culture
  3. Understand and address global issues
  4. Understand and apply principles of Catholic social teaching
  1. Explore, experiment and reflect
  2. Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity
  3. View failure as an opportunity to learn
  4. Acknowledge that innovation involves small successes and frequent mistakes
  5. Use creativity to produce outcomes that are unique and that have value and meaning
  1. Foster integrity, honesty, compassion, empathy, and respect
  2. Exhibit moral courage in confronting unjust situations
  3. Keep the interests and well-being of the larger community in mind
  4. Develop a fundamental understanding of emerging ethical issues and dilemmas
  5. Make reasoned and ethical decisions in response to complex problems
  6. Understand and apply Catholic/Christian teachings and values
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